ESL is one of the biggest Esports organizers around the world, well known for hosting events like ESL One, ESL Pro League and Co-hosting Intel Extreme Masters. On 4th November they made a change in their rule book which a lot of fans and players are unhappy with.
The new addition to the book says “A player is not allowed to intentionally cause self-elimination of their player character. This includes using the /kill command or using map features to deny kills to the opposing team.”
Such a rule is harmful for the tactical aspect of the game, as suicides of player models are often done in the pro matches to avoid assisting the opposite in farming some free cash or to prevent them from taking weapons with them into the next round. Fans are claiming this rule to be unspecific as it does not say if self eliminations are only taken into account or team kills also count.
ESL are yet to comment on this matter but apparently, IEM Beijing is set to kick off in two days and players are to play under the last updated guidelines. This installment of IEM will feature the likes of FaZe, Astralis ENCE and a familiar prize pool of $250000.